Today at my son's nursery school parents were invited to a harvest festival.
All the children brought in a contribution (tin of soup, fruit,veg), a local minister came in and talked to the kids about how seeds grow into food (but not tins of soup), and how we should be grateful for our food and then they sang a few songs they had learnt, basically they had fun. There was nothing particularly religious about it apart from the minister being there.
There were children of all different religions there including my son as I could not see the harm in allowing him to stay and join in.
However there were some other witnesses there to collect their children so they would not be a part of it which is their choice and I respect it but I was given alot of disapproving looks and some people completly ignored me.
Was it really so wrong to allow my 3 year old (who really has no concept of religion) to join in and have fun and not be made to feel different and left out?
Also the food which was contributed was later going to be distributed to the elderly and infirm in the community - What is more useful to them, a box of food or a Watchtower.
Thank you for allowing me that little rant.